|The Anti online gaming bill (H.R.21) has now been stepped up to the US House Judiciary Committee , after passing by voice vote through the subcommittee. The Bill, also known as The Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act would stop credit card companies and other Internet e-cash processors from making payments to online gambling sites. |
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Leach (R.-Iowa), is strongly supported by the White House, family groups and sports leagues. Similar bills have been introduced in previous Congresses, but failed to become law due to their contentions carve-outs for various interest groups.
H.R. 21 would enable the state and federal law enforcement agencies to request injunctions on those providing finance and internet services to online gambling sites. The legislation makes it possible for federal agencies to force financial intermediaries, like credit card providers, to take specific measures to stop online gambling transactions and to inform the authorities when someone has attempted such transactions.
'Federal law is currently unclear as to whether or not all types of Internet gambling is illegal. H.R. 21 is intended to make it crystal clear that operating a gambling business on the Internet is illegal,' said Howard Coble (R.-N.C.), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.